Christmas is fast approaching, meaning the year's end is soon upon us. As we in the Thompson family look back on 2011, we are surprised that each yearly iteration can actually be more complex and unpredictable than the prior. Here's a glimpse:
One week before what was to be our relaxing trip to stay with Oma and Papa in South Florida, a small fire began at our residence in the inauspiciously named Chimney Hill apartments. Most of our things were salvageable, since it turned out to be mostly smoke damage. However, we were forced to move in a matter of days in the dead of winter. While the myopic view might lend this experience to being no more than an unfortunate disaster, the outpouring of help and support, both physical and material, strengthened our testimonies of the goodness and love in those around us.
Christopher spent all summer applying for jobs in international trade compliance, but by summer's end, it was apparent that the market out East was too soft. So, after hearing about the oil boom going on in the North Dakota Bakken Shale play, Chris decided to head West and look for opportunities there. He was immediately able to land a position with an oil services firm, doubling his previous salary, and launching the Western chapter of the Thompson family story. After a couple months with the oil company, he joined as an associate with a law firm in Minot that specializes in oil and natural gas related work.
Angie was shuttling around much of the year with the kids, having spent several times each in Tennessee, Wyoming, and Florida while living in Michigan and North Dakota. Missoni and Alize also enrolled in recreational activities like gymnastics, ballet, and horseback riding, which kept Angie constantly busy. She also worked with the Beehives in Young Women's at church on Sunday and Tuesday nights. During the summer, Angie took the children daily to the swimming pool at Lifetime Fitness nearby. Since the spring, Alize went from saying a few words and in diapers to now forming perfectly structured sentences and being completely potty-trained.
Now this whirlwind of a year has settled us in North Dakota, where the people are wonderful and friendly. Angie is already part of a coterie of young mothers in the ward, and is running a small hair styling service out of the house. The girls have likewise made plenty of friends both through church and at preschool.
As our minds ponder this year and this Christmas Season, we have most to thank he who we Celebrate our Savior Jesus Christ. We are so grateful for our knowledge of him and our wonderful church that helps us get through so many difficult moves and times. We are so blessed!
To those we love and miss everywhere,
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
We have been traveling for the last 2 or more months. It has been a lot of fun visiting all of our family members and seeing everyone, but it was hard living out of our suitcases. We started our trip out by flying to Salt Lake from Detroit. We were able to see some of our old friends and go to the children's museum with Grandma. Then we headed over the mountain to Wyoming. We got to spend some time with Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Duane, Aunt Melissa and Ryder. We also saw Aunt Brandi. It was a really fun 3 weeks. We went boating in Grandpa's boat, went to Yellowstone, saw Aunt Debbie and Cousin Jeromy and his wife, Ashley and their little girls. We saw cousin Amy and her adorable baby boy. We also got to ride uncle Duane's horses and that was a lot of fun too. After Wyoming we headed out to Aunt Tiffinie's in TN. We got to spend a few weeks hanging out with Bryce and Brynlee and then we headed down to Florida to spend two weeks with Daddy and Papa and Oma. Awww Florida, the best place on earth. We couldn't have asked for better weather while we were down there. Not to hot, not to cold. Perfect. Chris and I got to even go away for a night to Naples, our old stomping grounds. We had a wonderful date and stayed over night in the Naples Grand, where he had taken me on a weekend getaway the first month we were married. We also got to eat at some of our old favorite restaurants. Thanks Oma and papa for watching the girls. We also got to take the girls to a fun bounce house and spend hours on the beach. Then we headed back up to Aunt Tiffinie's house to spend Halloween and Brynlee's first birthday with them. It was wonderful, Aunt Tiffinie took us somewhere fun every single night before Halloween and then she also took us to Disney on Ice and we had 2nd row seats, which we could never had afforded, so THANKS AUNT TIFFY FOR EVERYTHING! Grandma joined us and it was so fun having her to spend Halloween and Brynlee's birthday with us. She also flew home with us and helped us on the flight and drive home to Wyoming. We stayed a few more days with Grandma and then headed off to meet daddy in Billings MT for the night. Then 6 hours later we arrived in our new home, here in Minot North Dakota. So in the last 2 months we were in MI, UT, WY, UT, TN, FL, TN, UT, WY, MT and ND. What a wild time. Hence our name Traveling Thompsons. LOL. It was fun and I will share a ton of picts with you! So sit back and enjoy!
We went to Orlando Temple!
Chris and I were sealed to eachother and then to Missoni in the Orlando Temple. I have no words to describe the wonders of the temple and how we felt on this day. They brought Missoni in to the sealing room in her white dress and the entire room burst into tears. Even people who had come into view the sealing that didn't know us were crying. It was amazing. My mom and dad were there, Chris' bro, Les and his wife Kim, and Tiff and Brock. It was a very special day. I love my family so much and so grateful for the great sealing power of the temple.
Boy meets girl in South Florida!
This is the Thompson Family love story. We should have started our blog a long time ago. So to make up for it, I am going to start back to the time I met Chris and move forward to now! Enjoy reading about our love story and how we are now doing as we make the LONG journey through Law School in Syracuse, New York! We now have a wonderful, beautiful busy 18 month old. We love her and she is the light of our lives!
We had a wonderful time down in South Florida......
We loved living in Ft. Lauderdale. Chris and I had nothing but a shabby studio apartment when we got married, but we loved it. It was so nice to see Chris ever day, while I finished up my degree at the Art Institute. He was working for Franklin Templeton and I was so busy with my thesis but we still found time to get away to the Botanical Gardens in the Gables, and Naples on the west coast. We had so much fun together our first year of marriage. Maybe too much fun, thats when I found out I was pregnant about 3 months after being married, with the biggest blessing in our life, Missoni, our gorgeous, lovely baby girl.
Art and Graduation
I graduated from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale in March, 2006. I am now and Interior Designer and worked for a very established and wonderful Italian kitchen company for over a year until we moved to New York. Here is my thesis and some graduation pictures.